Food Banks Seeing Empty Shelves As Holidays Hit
DALLAS (CBDFW.COM) – As Thanksgiving Eve approached, not only grocery stores saw items flying off the shelves, food pantries across North Texas did too.
The Goslin Opportunity Center at Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Oak Cliff helps up to 1,300 families a month. Most families have someone who works, but they’re underemployed.
“My husband don’t have a good job, but times get hard and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to feed your kids,” says Wonda Antoine. “Food just gets low. By the economy right now the way it is, you have to do what you have to do to take care of your kids.”
Clair Scott echoes that sentiment. “You know you’re paying your utility bills, your rent,” says Scott, who adds, “Depends on what you’re making a month, sometimes you come up a little short ‘cause of sky rocketing bills, and groceries and kids, kind of gets a little step for you sometimes. The ones who have jobs this will help, the ones who don’t have jobs this will help even more tremendously.”
“Our people live on the knife’s edge of disaster,” says Goslin’s Marsha Mills. “ Average income round here is around $1,000, no more than $1,200 a month for a family of five or six.” She adds, “The rent’s $500 a month; there’s very little left to eat on. Many of them have to make a decision each month about whether they’re going to pay their rent or whether they’re going to buy food for their children.”
The Goslin Opportunity Center has been in operation 62 years and gets donations from a variety of sources, but much of it comes from the North Texas Food Bank.
Elizabeth Lise, the food bank’s philanthropy director, says the holidays are a critical fund raising time. “The funds we’ll receive in November and December help fund our programs and our commitments and our programs throughout North Texas all year long.”
The North Texas Food Bank’s goal is $6.5 million for the upcoming year. “We work with over 300 agencies that serve and drive over 1400 feeding programs; for seniors, for children for families throughout the community, so giving to the North Texas Food Bank is actually giving to thousands of distribution points to help the community ultimately get the food they need.”
Through its holiday “Hungry Today” campaign, the NTFB is asking the community to donate or host a fund or virtual food drive online.
Also, you can now text to give. Simply text NTFB to 85944 to make a quick and easy $10 donation.